Costa Rica Coffee production.
Laura Holden
Costa Rican coffee is high in both quality and caffeine content and is often blended with less quality varieties. Local coffee, set at a much lower government-controlled price, is tinted to prevent sale to the export market. Coffee production depends upon cheap, seasonal labor, most of which has come from Nicaraguan immigrants that cross over due to Costa Rica's low unemployment and higher standard of living . Workers receive only around 60 ยข to $1.50 per basket picked. Each basket weighs about 15 lbs. A competent worker can fill up to 12 per day. Although it seems incredibly low, this rates are proportional to other agricultural salaries, whose minimum is set by government mandate.
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Drinkers of coffee in Costa Rica brew batches with large quantities of sugar or cinnamon. Local coffee is nothing like the coffee we receive in America. When served coffee when staying in Costa Rica, you will most likely receive dark, strong coffee and steamed milk (cafe con leche) and lots of sugar! Home